To the Encourager:

Give yourself time 

to get through it

and learn from it,

to cry and cuss

and wonder

how you’ll overcome.

You don’t have to know

how to summarize

the beauty

of your struggle

right away.

You don’t have to worry

that your gift

for uplifting

an open heart

and a hungry ear

will expire soon.

Before you

craft the caption,

post the blog,

give the speech,

write the memoir,

tell your story,

inspire hope,

and remind others

that they are not alone,

be steadfast,

and learn the lessons

as they come.

Your endurance

in the midst of

hardship

is worthy material

for the wisdom

finding home

inside you.

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